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Student attitudes to plagiarism and collusion within computer science

Dennis, Louise Abigail

Authors

Louise Abigail Dennis



Contributors

A. P. Smith
Editor

F Duggan
Editor

Abstract

There is a widespread perception among staff in Computer Science that plagiarism is a major problem particularly in the form of collusion in programming exercises. While departments often make use of electronic detection measures, the time consumed prosecuting plagiarism offences remains a problem. As a result departments continue to seek ways to reduce the amount of plagiarism and collusion that occurs.

This paper reports the findings of a questionnaire based study which attempted to assess the students' attitudes to the issues involved in the hope that such an understanding might result in practical measures for minimizing the problem.

The study revealed that while students did understand the definition of plagiarism in its most extreme cases they were often confused about less clear-cut situations. Changes in the previous experience of
incoming students meeting modules originally designed on the assumption that students already had some programming background and were equipped for self-directed study would also appear to be a
contributory factor in the extent of collusion in programming exercises.

Publication Date Jan 1, 2005
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Dennis, L. A. (2005). Student attitudes to plagiarism and collusion within computer science. In F. Duggan, & A. P. Smith (Eds.),
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